“SONG FOR EWE”
with MIKEY GEORGESON AKA THE VESSEL of
DAVID DEVANT & HIS SPIRIT WIFE, MR. SOLO & MIKEY GEORGESON & THE CIVILISED SCENE
“SONG FOR EWE” is the feature where artists beloved by VELVET SHEEP choose an obscure song they’ve been listening to that day.
Today’s guest is someone whom if he caught the brown eye of David Bowie, he’d make it glint blue to make a matching but magical discoloured pair.
If there had been any justice in this world, his song as lead singer and The Vessel of David Devant & His Spirit Wife “Ginger” would have been a number one hit record, and I cannot go to the Tate Gallery (or Tate Britain or whatever it’s called these days) without his genius pop ditty “Pimlico” as my ear-worm.
His other alter ego Mr. Solo spawned a thousand Myspace spoofs (ask your Dad), and more recently as Mikey Georgeson & The Civilised Scene he’s been making the most erudite and righteously catchy melodies with last year’s album “Blood & Brambles” full of appropriately barbed hooks and pastoral prickles.
It’s the man who’s channelled a thousand rock legends, who should by all estimations be writing a very British equivalent to Ian Svenonius’ “Supernatural Strategies” – Mikey Georgeson!
When I first met Mikey, he wasn’t sitting in a giant chair, or hadn’t been starring in “Honey, I Shrunk The Pop Star” but was fully bequiffed and bewitching as The Vessel, when I helped produce a live session by David Devant & His Spirit Wife for MTV’s Alternative Nation. Toby Amies, my long time pal was a big fan and it wasn’t hard to see why. They and he (Mikey) had a dark, well developed sense of wit, an arch self awareness and an ear for a killer tune.
I’d already had a well used copy of “Pimlico” which I reviewed for the original xeroxed version of Velvet Sheep, so it was a joy to get them into play some tunes from their album “Work Lovelife Miscellaneous” especially as the performance (very much part of the experience) included back projections, paper sheets to jump through and synchronised carrot grating (to accompany “Ginger” natch).
Of course David Devant was a world renowned magician (deceased) and the Vessel was summoning his vaudeville skills back to the mid nineties. I didn’t realise how significant David Devant the magician would become to my later TV career producing three series of hidden camera magic show “Help! My Supply Teacher Is Magic” but to me, the name will always conjure (magical pun intended) the image of Mikey Georgeson in his pompadour pomp.
We have recently enjoyed an beguiling interchange of e-mail ideas, and I look forward to some forthcoming entertaining whimsy and captivating conjecture from Mikey on the resurrected pages of the electronic edition of Velvet Sheep. Watch this space (time continuum).
In the meantime, I asked him for a favourite obscure song that he’s enjoyed lately and of course he made an interesting and enlightening selection. I could have foreseen it in my crystal ball. So, it’s…
Over to Mikey:
“Hi Nick today I’ve been listening to “Dallas City Ghost” by The Hippies.
The Hippies were bedroom band formed by the film maker Matt Hulse and are now to be the subject of his latest feature film. As far as I can tell their main (only?) instrument was a bonetmpi wind powered reed organ.
The song has a spectral precision and chilling deadpan conviction which places it in the permafrost of Magazine’s realm of post punk.
I’m fascinated by how Matt and his sister (I think) managed to coordinate something real from a set up I was dabbling with at the same age at the same time.
This spirit of manifesting through applying conviction to the joy of experiment is one that I still hold dear”.
THANKS TO MIKEY
A LINK TO THE HIPPIES FILM IN PRODUCTION here.